The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has urged the federal government to suspend the charges against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, before the Code of Conduct Tribunal ( CCT ).
The President of the association, Paul Usoro, in a statement on Tuesday advised the government to await the recommendations of the National Judicial Council (NJC) in the charges of non-declaration of assets filed against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
The CCT is expected to continue proceedings in the Onnoghen case while the CJN also holds its sitting same day to review a report of its pre-assessment committee on the petitions against Onnoghen and the acting CJN, Tanko Muhammad.
Usoro said, “Given these nonexhaustive considerations and facts, we press on the Executive arm of the FGN to please discontinue the Charge against the CJN when the matter comes up before the COT tomorrow, Wednesday, 13 February 2019.
“We respectfully urge full compliance with due process by FGN in this matter by allowing the NJ C process to take its course in respect of the two petitions against the CJN a step that has already, commendably, been embraced by FGN in respect of the EFCC petition.”